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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.




Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Wednesday 27th January 2016

A pair of Stonechats were around the observatory building, a path side Woodcock was disturbed early morning and on the sea birds recorded included a pair of Eider, three Red-throated Divers, three Red-breasted Mergansers and two Fulmar. The flock of c20 Twite were again present near the coal barn in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hen Harrier Choseley Drying Barns not Gyrfalcon, processed in error. PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 12:45 briefly 1/2ml E/of B1153 off Abbey Road at Abbey Farm + Ringtail Hen Harrier & 60 Brambling minimum PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 13 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill roost + Male Hen Harrier NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Warham Greens NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh at 09:53
> Norfolk 4 Caspian Gull East Winch S/of A47 & N/of riding school + 3 Yellow-legged Gull
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Cley NWT + 2 Water Pipit NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore early a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 20 Twite Thornham Harbour at 13:30 opposite stone barn TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea at midday + Black-necked Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Sandwich Tern E/past Overstrand at 09:05 NR27 0PF TG246410